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to vote. and history tells us that at the end of elections in which you have headwinds against an incumbent, most of the last-minute break goes against the incumbent. you can say two-thirds go against the incumbent. in states where obama's maybe even in the lead but only got 47%, 46% of the vote he could lose that state if he doesn't have enough early votes in the bank and unexpected voters in the bank. i do think in is clear that right now, as we stand, you know, romney would rather be obama than romney. but again, that doesn't mean -- >> that may be true existentially. >> trying to become obama with the policy position. >> glenn, you know, to that romney narrative, that this sort of we are insurgents, this is happening for us, that is as much to drive home the narrative republicans want to believe and we'll maybe get voters out to the polls because this guy has a chance, he's convinced me because he said we've, you know, been convinced. >> it's like woodstock. we are strong, we are golden. i mean -- basically he is the, to quote woody alan -- he is the shark. we talk about po
but it is our responsibility and the responsibility of the president to use america's greatest power to shape history. not to lead from behind. leaving our destiny at the mercy of events. unfortunately, that's exactly where we find ourselves in the middle east under president obama. >> more broadly, romney boiled down the president's foreign policy to one of hope. >> i know the president hoped for a more prosperous middle east aligned with us. i share this hope. but hope is not a strategy. we can't support our friends and defeat our enemies in the middle east when words rbt backed up by deeds. when defense spending the being cut. when we have no trade agenda to speak of and our strategy isn't one of partnership but of passive ti. >> on actual foreign policy his specifics were thin amounting to deepening critical cooperation and reaffirming historic ties. susan glasser, your overall assessment of mitt romney? there was no shortage of criticism for the president. what did you make of the prescriptions romney was laying out? >> thanks, alex. you made an important point to say this
troops out by the end of 2014. it's widely reported drones are being used in drone strikes and i support that and feel the president was right to up the usage of that technology. >> governor romney found any ground for disagreement it was with himself. before he agreed with the president about pulling out our troops from afghanistan in 2014 he believed this -- >> he announced the date of the withdraw of our forces based upon a political calendar not the calendar the commanders on the ground said was based for our mission. this president has made it difficult for our troops to be successful in that mission, number one announcing a withdraw date for our troops. >> i think it was a mistake to say the date we withdraw. >> while romney trumpeted the pursuit of peaceful and diplomatic means with regard to iran last night he said this during his mantle of leadership speech two weeks ago. >> for the sake of peace, we must make clear to iran through actions, not just words, that their nuclear pursuit will not be tolerated. >> and as taking out osama bin laden and pakistan, president obama did som
has used this cycle. >> we moved in help and people refinance their homes, governor romney said no let foreclosures hit the bottom. but it shouldn't be surprising for a guy who says 47% of the american people are unwilling to take responsibility for their lives. my friend recently in a speech in washington said 30% of the american people are takers. these people are my mom and dad, the people i grew up with, my neighbors. they pay more effective tax than governor romney pays in his federal income tax. >> even when biden wasn't on his campaign talking points he was using his very own special brand of biden-ooez to tug the rug out from under paul ryan's feet. >> this is a bunch of stuff. look here's the deal -- >> what does that mean. >> we irish call it mularkey. >> the greatest hope for republicans was a gaffe but biden managed to take his weakness and redirect it towards governor romney. >> romney is a good man, he cares about 100% of americans in this country. with respect to that quote, i think the vice president very well knows that sometimes the words don't come out of your mouth
and tried to fuzz it up and look like us. >> the question is, this has been much discussed today, a comment that president made to the interviewer talking about your daughter, wasn't it, and her wishes for the the and he said he does well with kids because they have a detector for b.s.ers, the family way of paraphra paraphrasing. do you think the american public has that same level of detect n detection? >> that's always one of the problems in the election. it's really hard for substance to get lost. because we chase things like the b.s. comment, rather than diving into the real differences and the policy debate. i think this election has played out over a long enough time that it's really difficult for the romney campaign to hide all their predispositions and that's what you're seeing is all these juxtaposition clips you get day after day of where he was on abortion then and now and where he was on taxes then and now, so it's very hard over the course of that long a campaign to keep your true self hidden. and it's hard to keep your character hidden. one of the things that's clear about ro
something real for christie. >> i think also, boy, does this tell us that states can't go it alone. think about what would happen under some of the oblique proposals romney has made to turn over fema and rescue efforts to the states and let them share resources. >> or private sector. >> what do you do when 12 states are grouped together having the same problem. it doesn't work. you need a federal government. >> it makes the romney argument if we're going to call it that of 2011 seem ham handed at best we have to take a break. we will discuss more about fema, the storm and the ramifications when we come back after the break. that's up next. >>> you are looking at andrews air force base in maryland where president obama is scheduled to depart in a few minutes heading to new jersey to survey the damage from hurricane sandy, the storm that has frozen the election for several days. with voters going to the polls in just six days, the campaign thaw is beginning. mitt romney is in florida, for three events today and president obama will return to the trail in nevada tomorrow. and in the last hou
closes on election night and for both sides, there is not a minute to waste. joining us now from boca raton, florida, the game changer himself, msnbc political analyst and "new york" magazine national affairs editor, john heilemann. john, always good to see you. >> alex, great to see you, too. we're here in the sunshine state but of course, the greatest source of sunshine in our world is not here. we miss you. >> oh, just buttering me up. i will take it, however. john, we talked, there may be romnesia on the campaign trail. there is also a certain amount of amnesia in the national press corps. we knew this thing would be tight. that said, given the economy improving and a rosier, distinctly rosier outlook if you believe the polls, are you surprised that the race is at close as it is, given how much improvement there's been on the unemployment numbers? >> well, certainly the fact that the economy is improving is good news for president obama but it's not improving that dramatically in terms of the -- i mean, the unemployment numbers dropped a little below 8%. the president is still wei
the other strategy is for romney -- he could use some unscripted moments. he could use a moment that makes him look real and human to people. the problem is, from what we're hearing, he's practicing a bunch of one liners and honing them for the moment so that he can pounce. we've seen time and time again on the campaign trail how he delivers those lines and they sound like prerehearsed lines and make him seem very fake and artificial. he's not a reagan who can have a well rehearsed line and toss it off like he just thought of it. >> but -- >> stiff and weird, coming from somebody who has to pay my rent based -- delivering a good line, there's nothing worse and romney has it in spades, where after you say something that is supposed to resonate and you laugh at your own joke, it's the worst -- and you watch those clips we showed and the most cringing thing ever -- >> the open to the show was an example of me doing that. having a zinger in the kitty, throwing it out there, total does. john, the thing that -- there hasn't been a lot of analysis about the format of the debate which i would be i
for more than a decade, the same philosophy that got us into this mess, we can't go back to that. i've met too many good americans who worked so hard, show so much resilience, so much resolve. we have been fighting our way back from some of the same policies he's advocating we have been there, we have tried it. we can't go back. we are moving forward. that's why i'm running for a second term as president of the united states. now i believe that the biggest issue in this election is, how do we rebuild a strong middle class and provide ladders for opportunity for all those who want to get in the middle class, willing to work hard, willing to take responsibility? are we going to make sure we're a country where everybody gets a fair shot and everybody is doing their fair share and everybody is playing by the same rules. so, the economy is the dominant issue. but, i want everybody to understand that that's not the only place where governor romney's offering you a sketchy deal. it's bad enough my opponent wants to take us back to the failed economic policies of the past. when it comes to issues
, there is an argument to be made here. jared makes an eloquent argument. we had stats we used. what is the point of introducing a policy speech like this late in the campaign season? >> i don't know what the specifics are behind doing the policy speech at this point but i do know that it is consistent from the paul ryan perspective with his relationship with jack kemp who was an advocate and really the father for a form of empowerment that goes to some of the core roots of what the republican party and this economic philosophy has been about. it has been sort of that boot strap argument. but the thing that i always appreciated about jack kemp he had sort of thurgood marshall approach as well. sometimes the government actually or someone else has to reach down and help -- bend down and help you up. we'll see. i want to wait to see the whole speech. i understand taking the piece out. i don't know exactly how they're going to frame this argument at this stage. i like the power of it. i'll tell you why. it's about time that this campaign, this president and this nominee for president on the republic
that occurred there. >> first they blame a youtube video and a nonexistent riot. >> it's time for us to stand up to china for their cheating. it's got to stop. >> the administration had their eighth chance to label china a currency manipulator. >> meanwhile, the obama campaign is also finding itself in an unexpected place, defending its foreign policy record. senior strategist david axelrod faced a barrage of questions about the benghazi attack including who knew what and when. >> what is the vice president talking about? >> i think the vice president was talking about what the white house knew. there are embassies all over the world and installations all over the world, and these requests go into the security professionals at the state department. >> with all this finger-pointing going on at the state department, going on towards the intelligence community, whatever happened to the principle, the buck stops with the president? >> well, as i said, the president is responsible for everything that happens on his watch. >> so will it come down to foreign policy and national security, or perhaps a r
more. >> you haven't actually invited us to speak? >> not yet. >> there are no rules for you, lawrence. >> hurricane sandy could be a spoiler down the stretch but which candidate will suffer the bigger punch? set to make landfall in the northeast eight hours from now, but high winds and heavy surf is hammering coastal states. governor romney has a packed campaign schedule holding an event in ohio and stumping in iowa and wisconsin later today. meanwhile, president obama is in a holding pattern, kangs ling events in ohio and florida to return to washington and monitor the storm. the white house canceled the president's trip to wisconsin scheduled for tomorrow. but while voters won't see him on the trail they will see him in the role of commander in chief including later this hour when he delivers a statement on the hurricane from the white house. and perhaps voters will be wondering how a president romney might handle the very same situation. one indication comes from a primary debate in june of last year, when governor romney made the case for shutting down fema and passing the respons
it has fewer electoral votes than it used to. some paths available to romney without ohio but it's not how you would draw it up if you're in boston trying to plan for how would your election night go. >> you actually isolate the tipping point states and say ohio has a 36.5 chance of providing the decisive electoral vote and we talked about that. wisconsin you put at a 9.8% chance of providing the decisive vote. that is interesting to me given everything that's gone on in wisconsin. talking in the break about the scott walker factor, labor discussion. people that voted to keep scott walker in office that are supporters of the president. the other complicating factor paul ryan is from wisconsin. >> right. if you look at the detail of the polls there, then paul ryan will give romney a boost maybe in his district in downstate wisconsin but maybe not statewide so much where paul ryan is not a statewide office holder. he is from the house. he's not going to be that much more familiar to a voter say in green bay, which is outside of his district, than to a voter in richmond, virginia, o
divisive class war fair and racially charged rhetoric used by barack obama. >> what piece of sonds pulled from the deepest archives would instantly dismantle president obama's campaign, his entire presidency and forever change the course of the country? a 5-year-old video that everybody saw five years ago. the bombshell of the widely covered speech at hampton university features senator obama talking about the federal government's response to hurricane katrina. >> when hurricane andrew struck in florida, people said look at this devastation. we didn't expect you to come up with the almighty hand. down in new orleans, where's your dollar? makes no sense. tells me the bullet hasn't been taken out. >> conservative pundits defined this as racial rhetoric obama makes the point that problem's actions were not racial bias. >> look at what happened in new orleans and the gulf coast when katrina hit. people asked me if they thought race was the reason the response was so slow. no, this administration was color-blind in its incompetence, but everyone here knows that the disaster and the poverty hap
in marginal individual income tax rates. 20% down across the board. >> which leads us to his present difficulties. john heilemann, the math question seems to continue to bedevil romneyland. the larger question, as far as this being a campaign issue, is the american public concerned about tax rates or is it concerned about deficits? does this play on the campaign trail? >> well, i think that they may be concerned about something completely different than that which is jobs. and obviously tax rates and deficits have effect on the jobs picture. but the -- the president has had the winning hand on taxes for a long time. and it's a weird thing, right? traditionally republicans promising to cut taxes wins the argument. the president said i want to raise taxes and has gone into the teeth of that, raising taxes on the wealthy. romney's plan is obviously vague and ridiculous. we can talk later about the concept of dynamic scoring the magic pixie dust that can make all of the internal mathematical contradictions fly away. in the end a lot of voters, the truth is neither the tax issue specifica
in the rain is the true test, the test of a true contender. >> not letting a little rain chase us away. >> ladies, i do apologize for your hair dos getting messed up. >> then mitt romney has his game on. addressing a crowd of screaming virginia voters yesterday, amidst a downpour. >> people wonder why it is i'm so confidence we're going to win. i'm confident because i see you here on a day like this, this is unbelievable. thank you so much. >> he does have a rain coat on. what of the storm within the romney ranks. according to politico a shakeup in the romney campaign has created a stronger weather mitt. the candidate's family prevailed on mitt romney and the campaign operation to shake things up dramatically according to campaign insiders. the family pushed for a new message, putting an emphasis on a softer and more moderate image for the gop nominee. now nearly a week after america first witnessed the onstage etch a sketch the campaign is moving on to phase two, pretending it never happened. >> it seems pretty clear that their new strategy is basically call us liars. >> these attacks
americans entered the work force, more people are getting jobs. now every month reminds us that we've still got too many of our friends and neighbors looking for work. today's news certainly is not an excuse to try to talk down the economy to score a few political points. it's a reminder that this country has come too far to turn back now. >> needless to say this ray of economic sunshine is punting a dent in governor romney's plan to end the week on top. how is the republican nominee reacting spinning away saying quote -- >> but other obama critics, perhaps furious that good economic news might derail the romney swagger, instead they opted for conspiracy theories regarding the satitions behind the unemployment numbers. former chairman and ceo of ge jack welch tweeted -- welch was backed in his theorizing by master of the outlandish alan west who wrote -- this is orwellian to say the least and representative of saul au lin ski tactics from the book rules for radicals" a must read for all who want to know how the left strategize. what's that you say, a strengthening work force and recovering
mom took that position when she ran in 1970 as a u.s. senate candidate. since roe v. wade has been the low for 20 years we should sustain and support it and i sustain and support that law and the right of a woman to make that choice. >> back then senator ted kennedy seemed to know romney better than romney knew himself. >> on the question of the choice issue, i have supported the roe v. wade, i am pro choice, my opponent is multiple choice. >> the fact is, there's something for everyone on the romney carousel. wait long enough and the candidate will arrive at a convenient position. hop on or hey hop off. to the no good necks who say romney has been gasp, less than honest about what exactly he believes, the candidate's wife offered a strong rebuttal. >> i can't -- i mean like lied about what? something he's been saying all along what he believes this is his policy, his statements. >> that's the great thing about the carnival in romney land wait a day and the carousel will spin around again, new policies, new statements and new beliefs. steve kornacki my head is spinning watching all
weeks from election day that question is beside the point and behind us. this is the candidate and he proved in denver to be the candidate. >> savannah's right. you've got to draw the line on perception and what people get this early out of the debate and substance. and the first take is always what people get out of it. governor romney was engaged. henergetic. he was, as savannah said, in command of the facts, personalable. for some reason the president was clearly off his game, looked aknow ed to be there, kept looking at his notes. he didn't look at the camera. he failed debate 101, what we tell fledgling candidates, always look at camera, particularly when delivering your closing. he was delivering his closing to jim lehrer, not the american people. it was a stunning but i think the key now for the obama campaign is not to panic. remember, walter mondale beat reagan in the first debate, went from 18 points down to 4 or 5 down, and wound up losing 49 states. don't panic. stay on message. put surrogates out there to rebut the things that he talked about in your opening. but don't pu
to tell us what he sees on the horizon and why that is the direction we must go. >> i think that's right. i think the president has a lot of different things to do tonight, more so than mitt romney. and the format, though, may not help. because the first obligation he has is to answer the question and concerns expressed by the average people who will be asking the questions, not journalists. and so he has to make sure that like a laser, he focuses on their concerns, and doesn't stray from that. at the same time, i think he has to find a way to take on mitt romney, because mitt romney is running a campaign now where he basically says anything. you a $5 trillion tax plan, no, i don't. i'm for preexisting conditions, getting rid of them when you're not. so it's really easy to campaign if you're not tethered to facts or reality. and so if the questioners or the moderator is not allowed to pin mitt romney down, he has to find a way to get in there and respond to the questions from the people. and at the same time, i also have a lot of vigor and do what gene suggested, yes, he's made these acc
in our 108 years our employees have never faced like a challenge like the one that confronts us now. 215 patients were evacuated from new york hospitals when backup yen raters failed. queens, firefighters battled a blaze that consumed 50 homes. meanwhile, a crane mangled from heavy winds dangled 80 stories above midtown, manhattan. president obama has signed major disaster declarations for new york city, long island and new jersey. we have reporters covering the damage from this storm across the northeast. nbc's ron allen was in point pleasant beach, new jersey, and felt the full wrath of sandy last night. this is what it looked like there. >> from point pleasant beach in new jersey, the sand dunes about 30 yards wide, about 12 feet tall, what separates the ocean from the town. it's been deteriorating throughout date. >> ron, we are glad where you are safe. that was one of the more dramatic scenes we saw last night. give us an assessment of the damage? >> well, that sand dune was owe blib rated an most of the sand is here up the street, the ocean is back in that direction and you can see
was used and if you look at it more broadly, is it -- i'm still trying to figure out what the significance is about making sure that you actually call it an act of terrorism within a day. i mean if you think about it soberly wouldn't you want to wait a few days to figure out what transpired before making rash judgments and isn'ts the bigger weakness for obama the intelligence nurse that led up to the attack as opposed to how he handled it as a p.r. issue after the fact. a whole host of issues left on the table by romney and like you said, he did try to hit back and he whiffed and i think candy crowley did the proper thing which is say listen, it was in the transcript. that's what the moderator is supposed to do. call out fact when you see fact. and so that's going to be the sort of defining moment or section of this debate in the next days to come and what the response will be, look at the transcript again. did he say terrorism, act of terrorism. i don't see how that's a binning ish -- winning issue for the romney ticket. >> joining us is patrick. i want to go to you on this, rnc chair rei
gets us down to 20% of gdp government spending by 2016. >> i get that but what about balance? >> i don't know exactly when it balances because we haven't -- i only -- i don't want to get wonky but we haven't run the numbers on that specific plan. >> since the romney upgrade the ryan model has been buggy. >> doesn't your budget also cop template major savings for medicare on something like the same amount? >> only president obama raids $716 billion from the medicare program, he cut $716 from the medicare program to pay for obama care. >> right. >> we don't do that. >> you make savings, how much? >> point -- we -- i joined the romney ticket and what mitt romney is proposing to do is repeal all of obama care. >> more than a month later, rhine's quant programs are in need of a software update. >> how much in its revenue neutral. >> we'll get to the deductions but the cut in tax rates. >> the cut in tax rates is lower all americans' tax rates. >> how much does it cost? >> revenue neutral. >> it's not revenue neutral unless you take away deductions. >> that's where i'm going. >> we're going
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